Austin Children’s Museum to become the Thinkery

New facility offers fresh experience beginning Dec. 7 at Mueller

 

Austin, TX (June 4, 2013) Introducing the Thinkery, an evolution of Austin Children’s Museum opening at Mueller on Dec. 7, 2013. The Thinkery will be a hybrid of a science and technology center and a children’s museum where children and families will have a new experience with each visit.

The 40,000 square foot facility will focus on “STEAM” learning – science, technology, engineering, art, and math – as well as healthy living. The Thinkery will offer innovative exhibits along with new and improved programs for children ages 6 months to 11 years old and the adults in their lives. Visit thinkeryaustin.org to learn more.

“After six years of planning and fundraising, our dream is finally becoming a reality thanks to the generous supporters who strongly believe in our mission to equip and inspire creative problem solvers,” said Mike Nellis, executive director of Austin Children’s Museum.

Also announced today, the Thinkery building will be named the Meredith Learning Lab, thanks to long-time supporter and former board president Lynn Meredith and her family for a generous $2 million gift from the MFI Foundation to the capital campaign.

“Given the growth of our great city, now the time has come for a world-class institution where children and families in Central Texas can learn and grow together,” said Lynn Meredith, honorary co-chair of the Austin Children’s Museum capital campaign. “Austin Children’s Museum holds a special place in my heart and our family has supported this project because of the positive impact it will have on our community for generations to come.”

With the help of a $500,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation and a $500,000 matching grant from the RGK Foundation, Austin Children’s Museum is wrapping up a successful $18 million capital campaign for construction and transition to the new museum. ACM has received more than $1.5 million inkind contributions in equipment, website services, materials, and expertise from generous supporters. ACM is continuing to fundraise toward a $2 million endowment goal.

On Sept. 1, Austin Children’s Museum will close its doors at its downtown location at 201 Colorado and officially become the Thinkery. The weekend of Dec. 7 and 8, the Thinkery will host a grand opening celebration for the community.

Austin creative communications firm The Butler Bros led the Museum’s rebranding efforts, and Fahrenheit Marketing is developing thinkeryaustin.org, a responsive design website that will fully launch later this summer.

 

About Austin Children’s Museum

Soon to become the Thinkery, Austin Children’s Museum creates innovative learning experiences for children and families that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. Currently located at 201 Colorado Street, the Museum is one of the city’s popular cultural attractions with more than 220,000 visitors annually. Founded in 1983 as a nonprofit organization, the Austin Children’s Museum delivers its mission through a variety of exhibits, programs and outreach activities.

Opening December 2013, the Thinkery is Austin’s new home for “why” and “how”. A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of creative problem solvers. Learn more thinkeryaustin.org.

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